Everyday Stewardship / Imitating Jesus


So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.

Ephesians 5:1-2

Have you ever heard of Wolfgang Beltracchi? For decades he created forgeries of works from the most famous painters in history and he made millions doing it. He was so talented in creating them that many of his creations were hanging, and may even hang to this day, in museums and art galleries around the globe. Experts cannot even tell the difference, and this has led to an inability to verify and then appraise pieces of art all over the world. The risk for the appraiser is too high since they might get it wrong. Beltracchi claims to have made one mistake, using the wrong paint on a painting, which then led to his arrest and conviction. After serving 18 months of a 6 year jail sentence, he continues to create original art and write books in order to help pay for all the lawsuits currently against him.

There is no question about the immorality of lying and cheating in this manner. However, can you even imagine being able to create an imitation of something so close to the original that no one could tell the difference? Someone not familiar with the original could be easily fooled. But to fool so-called experts would be quite amazing.

Saint Paul wrote to the Ephesians and encouraged them to be imitators of Jesus Christ, by living in love and sacrificing their very selves. Can you imagine imitating Jesus so closely that people only see Him when they look at you? The term Christian means to put on Christ. We are to be Jesus Christ to the world, leaving Mass where we have consumed Him in the Eucharist so we can be more like Him. Everyday Stewards are called to give more like Christ, share more like Christ, and love more like Christ. It is no crime to imitate Jesus Christ, but instead, a sin not to try.

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